A Crucial Time Period in PlameGate

I was reading yesterday's AP Timeline of Judith Miller's role in the Plame investigation, and realized it omitted events of one of the most crucial time periods: July 6 - 14, 2003. July 6 was when Joseph Wilson's op-ed appeared in the New York Times discrediting the Administration's claim about Iraq buying yellowcake uranium from Niger. July 14 is when Novak's column appeared citing "two senior administration officials" as sources advising him that Joseph Wilson's wife was a CIA operative.

That's probably the most important time period Fitzgerald has been investigating. So, I've complied a new timeline, with links to the source documents, where available. Here's what I've got so far.

  • July 6 - Records of White House Iraq Group for 7/6 - 7/30 subpoenaed by Fitzgerald.(Chicago Tribune, 3/5/04)
  • July 7- Bloomberg reports on the State Department Memo prepared for Colin Powell and dated July 7, that includes Plame’s name in a paragraph marked “(S)'’ for `Secret.’ "The three-page document said that Wilson had been recommended for a CIA-sponsored trip to Africa by his wife, who worked on the CIA’s counter-proliferations desk."

  • July 8 - Novak speaks to unnamed person in the street about Wilson's wife. Former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow tells grand jury he warned Novak before July 11 not to reveal Wilson's wife's name in article.
  • July 11 - Rove e-mails Hadley about talking to Matt Cooper. "Rove sent the e-mail shortly before leaving the White House early for a family vacation that weekend, already aware that Novak was planning an article about Plame and Wilson in his column..."

One post-Novak date to keep in mind:

  • July 16 - Fitzgerald subpoenaed a list of those in attendance at the July 16 White House reception for former President Ford's 90th birthday. (Chicago Tribune, 3/5/04)

Unspecified July events to keep in mind:

"...the prosecutors have asked about cellphone calls made last July to and from Catherine Martin, a press secretary for Cheney." International Herald Tribune, 2/1//04)

Question: Has this ever been resolved, reported by the AP on 7/11/03?:

One of the mysteries congressional investigators seem intent to explore is how much Cheney knew. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Monday that Cheney was not informed nor aware of the CIA report casting doubt on the British allegations. But Wilson, the former envoy who helped the CIA write the report, said in an NBC-TV interview last Sunday that Cheney's office requested and received from the CIA a report on Wilson's mission.

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    Re: A Crucial Time Period in PlameGate (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    How odd that AP would leave out the most important dates in the whole affair, that is a story in itself. I know that it is out of the timeframe that you are compiling but the piece that I believe started the whole conspiracy to blow Plame's cover is Kristof's May 6, NYT op-ed where he quotes and unnamed source (Wilson) as debunking the Niger yellow cake story. The NYT has a timeline here, they leave out the Kristof op-ed. dkosopedia's version is pretty thorough .

    Re: A Crucial Time Period in PlameGate (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    deleted for name-calling and insults. Commenter banned.

    Re: A Crucial Time Period in PlameGate (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    good work on the timeline. very helpful. thanks.

    Re: A Crucial Time Period in PlameGate (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:37 PM EST
    Worth noting that while they were conspiring to destroy another living portion of our national security, these charter members of the KKK were on their way to gloat, in Goree Island, Senegal, over the enslavement of human beings. Talking about themselves in obvious reverence:
    • ...the spirit of their captors was corrupted. • Small men took on the powers and airs of tyrants and masters. • Years of unpunished brutality and bullying and rape produced a dullness and hardness of conscience. • Christian men and women became blind to the clearest commands of their faith and added hypocrisy to injustice. • A republic founded on equality for all became a prison for millions.
    *Please make a note of it.*